Volunteer in the Parks

Let your park enthusiasm translate to volunteering! The 1,100 acres of the Emerald Necklace need willing hands and hearts to fully restore the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted. Join the Conservancy email list and you will receive invitations to programs, clean-ups and planting projects.

Second Saturdays

Throughout the Emerald Necklace
Second Saturday of the month
Assist Emerald Necklace staff and volunteer leaders with park maintenance, ecological restoration and invasive species management work! Tasks can range from trash cleanups to invasive plant species removal to plantings. We will work throughout the Emerald Necklace (from Charlesgate to Franklin Park) on various restoration and maintenance projects throughout the year. 

May 14, 2-4pm, Back Bay Fens

June 11, 10am-12pm, Olmsted Park

Times and locations TBA:

July 9

August 13

September 10

October 8

November 12

Tuesdays with Roses

Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens
June – September | Tuesday evenings, 5:30pm – 7:30 pm

Volunteers work in the Rose Garden deadheading and pruning roses and weeding the rose beds and borders. Training and tools are provided. 

Volunteers work in the Rose Garden deadheading and pruning roses and weeding the rose beds and borders. Training and tools are provided.

Dates for the 2022 Tuesdays with Roses will be announced soon.

“Day in the Dirt” Group Volunteering Events

Throughout the Emerald Necklace
Available by request
Give back to the Emerald Necklace parks with your team or group by assisting Emerald Necklace Conservancy staff with projects that can range from trash cleanups, invasive species removal, plantings, and other ecological restoration tasks. All volunteers will be provided proper training and supplies. 

To learn more and to sign up for our “Day in the Dirt” volunteer program, contact volunteer@emeraldnecklace.org. 

There is no donation required for social or small nonprofit groups. The rates for corporate volunteer groups are: 

Groups of 10-25 = $1,500 

Groups of 25-50 = $2,000 

Groups of 50-75 = $2,500 

Groups of 75-100 = $3,000 

Groups of 100+ = Please Inquire 

Muddy River Cleanup

Throughout the Emerald Necklace
April 23 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s annual Muddy River Cleanup was a great success, drawing over 340 volunteers who removed over 6,700 lbs. of trash and invasive species from the Emerald Necklace parks!  If you’d still like to support the Muddy River Cleanup, please consider making a donation to support the effort and sustain our parks maintenance program into future years. 

To Volunteer:

ENC Volunteer Guidelines (PDF)

What to bring: Long pants, closed toe shoes, hat, all weather clothing, snack, sunscreen and a water bottle. 

What is provided: All necessary tools, gloves and instruction.

What to expect: Emerald Necklace Conservancy volunteer work days are typically 3 hours long and involve some type of ecological restoration work such as planting trees or wildflowers, controlling erosion, building trails, or managing invasive species. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about safety and technique, provide you with tools and materials, and help you make a difference in our amazing parks. Expect to have fun, meet people who love the outdoors, and get dirty!

What about the weather: Projects are weather-dependent.

Questions? Contact us at volunteer@emeraldnecklace.org for more information.

For more information on volunteering in the Emerald Necklace as a Corporate Partner, click here.

Congrats to the winners of our U.S. Open raffle!

Please give a golf clap to Juliette J. attending the championship round on June 16, and to Tim R. who will see the practice round on June 15!

Thanks again to The Country Club for making this raffle possible.